South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

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South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (logo).png
Filton Avenue

BS34 7AT

Coordinates51°30′49″N 2°34′22″W / 51.5136°N 2.5728°W / 51.5136; -2.5728Coordinates: 51°30′49″N 2°34′22″W / 51.5136°N 2.5728°W / 51.5136; -2.5728
TypeFurther education college
Local authoritySouth Gloucestershire
Department for Education URN139238 Tables
Chair of GovernorsJohn Huggett
PrincipalSara-Jane Watkins
Age14 to Adult
CampusesWISE, Filton, Stroud, Clifton, Queens Road & Berkeley Green
CEOKevin Hamblin

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, also known as SGS College, is a college of further education and higher education based in South Gloucestershire and Stroud, England. It was established in February 2012 following the merger of Filton College and Stroud College. The college is made up of six campuses located in and around Bristol, North Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Stroud.


South Gloucestershire and Stroud College was formed when Filton College and Stroud College merged in early 2012.

Filton College was founded in 1960 as Filton Technical College.[1] By 1965 the college had over 2000 students, many of whom were part-time. In 1990 the college officially changed its name to Filton College. The next major development for the college was in 2005 when the WISE Campus (West of England Institute of Specialist Education) was opened, at a cost of £17.5 million. It is dedicated to performing arts, fine art and sport.[2]

Stroud College started in the School of Art in 1860. This was later renamed The Technical College, and was located in various buildings in Stroud. Only in the 1950s, after the town council was gifted Stratford Park, did the college relocate to the present campus on Stratford Road. The Art Department remained for many years in the Art School in Stroud. The Gloucestershire College of Art was created from the merger of the Stroud School of Art and the Cheltenham College of Art in 1959.[3][4]


SGS provides a number of qualifications including GCSE and A-level, as well as a number of vocational courses leading to BTEC First and National Diplomas and other similar qualifications, and some higher education courses leading HND, foundation degrees and full BA/BSc (Hons) degrees through partnership with the university of Gloucestershire It also runs EFL programmes for non-native speakers of English.

The college offers a range of BA/BSc top ups, foundation degree and HNC courses in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire.

The college is a Centre of Vocational Excellence in gas engineering in partnership with Centrica and is a partner in a CoVE in aeronautical engineering led by City of Bristol College.


South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) has six campuses, Filton, WISE, Queens Road, Clifton, Stroud and Berkeley Green.

SGS Filton[edit]

The Filton campus of the college is located in Filton Avenue, Filton, Bristol. A-level students attend classes at the main A-level Block (A-Block), adjacent to the main campus or in classrooms within the main site. At the A-level Block there is a small cafe selling hot drinks and a few hot meals. BTEC/National Diploma students attend classes in the main block or in the Arts block (F-Block). Media/Photography Students attend classes in F-Block, which is across the car park from the main site or at WISE. The campus has a refectory where hot food is served, a small sweet shop, and a Student Centre. CIC painted a mural in the canteen of the Filton campus, where Inkie and Felix Braun were students.

It has a workshop area known as Bristol Construction Academy which takes place in "R-Block". It does a variety of trades, including plumbing, brick laying, gas and engineering.

SGS WISE[edit]

The WISE (West of England Institute of Specialist Education) campus is located in New Road, Stoke Gifford adjacent to Abbeywood Community School opened in 2005 at a cost of £17.5 million. It is the main site for sports, performing and visual arts courses at the college. WISE is home to The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), Bristol School of Art and Bristol Academy of Sport.

The Academy of sport has partnerships with Bristol Flyers basketball team, Bristol Rovers, Bristol Rugby and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and the women's football team, Bristol Academy W.F.C., plays at the highest level in England, the FA WSL. Stoke Gifford Stadium is the arena that hosts the association football, american football and athletics which was opened in 2011.

The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) offers a selection of 2–3 years University level courses in the performing and production arts. Offering the atmosphere of a drama school combined with the educational opportunities of a higher education college:

  • Ba/FdA Musical Theatre
  • Ba/FdA Drama and Performance
  • FdA Dance
  • HND Production Arts
  • FdA Digital Media Production
  • BA Specialist Make-Up Design
  • FdA MediaSpecial Effects Theatrical Make-up Design.

BIPA's state-of-the-art facilities include 9 rehearsal studios, TV studio, Mac suits, Workshop, Costume/Prop store, Learning Research Centre, Gym, Cafe and The Olympus Theatre and Studio 22 theatre which is host to over 40 productions a year.

SGS Stroud[edit]

The Stroud campus is located in Stratford Road, Stroud. The campus has a remote education centre located in Dursley, Gloucestershire, and a co-operative sixth form site at Downfield Sixth Form with Marling School, Stroud High School and Archway School. The Stroud campus has a learning resource centre, construction workshops, learn IT centre, Envy hair and beauty salon, refectory, conference facilities as well as sports and leisure facilities.

SGS Queens Road (Bristol School of Art)[edit]

The SGS Queens Road Campus is located in the right wing of the Royal West of England Academy in Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol. The academy was Bristol's first art gallery and constructed in 1857. The campus' only department is the Bristol School of Art.[5]

SGS Clifton[edit]

The SGS Clifton Campus is located at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol.

SGS Berkeley Green[edit]

SGS Berkeley Green opened in September 2017. The site is a 50-acre technology park, centred on the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories just south of the Berkeley Nuclear Power Station. Its main building, the John Huggett Engineering Hall, was converted from the laboratories former engineering hall building.[6][7][8]

Notable alumni[edit]



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